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Great British sporting moments of 2016: Max Whitlock makes history with Olympic gymnastics double

Create: 12/16/2016 - 18:01

Max Whitlock led the way as Great Britain's gymnasts enjoyed their best-ever Olympic Games in Rio. The 23-year-old ended his country's wait for a gold medal in the sport with victory in the men's floor and went on to win a second ahead of team-mate Louis Smith in the pommel horse later in the day.

Bristol Hawks head coach Helen Potter, who has worked with Claudia Fragapane for the past decade, said ...
 

Great British sporting moments of 2016: Adam Peaty makes waves at Rio 2016

Create: 12/16/2016 - 17:22

A world record-breaking performance from Adam Peaty set the tone for Team GB's swimmers as they exceeded expectations in the pool at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Peaty's gold in the 100m breastroke was one of six medals won by the squad, who suffered a funding cut post-2012

Millfield School director of swimming Jol Finck, who acted as a coach for the Great Britain squad in Rio, says ...

Rio 2016: Bath Bullet Jason Gardener predicts Olympic success for Team GB athletes

Create: 08/13/2016 - 14:49

What does winning an Olympic gold medal actually feel like? Someone who knows the answer is Athens 2004 relay champion Jason Gardener (above, left), who was the lead-off man for Team GB as they upset all the odds to topple a mighty American line-up in the 4x100m final. Now president of UK Athletics, the man known as the Bath Bullet shares his views on Britain’s current track and field stars, doping and Rio 2016

 

Rio 2016: Alex Gregory goes for second gold with Team GB in men's four

Create: 08/03/2016 - 14:19
Who could forget Super Saturday? Certainly not Alex Gregory, who reached the pinnacle of his rowing career just a few hours hours before Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis and Greg Rutherford threatened to take the roof off a delirious Olympic Stadium in London with an unprecedented trio of track and field triumphs.

Rio 2016: Friendship drives Heather Stanning's winning partnership with Helen Glover

Create: 08/03/2016 - 13:52
Getting along famously might not be a prerequisite when it comes to forging a successful sporting partnership but, if one half of Britain’s most dominant double acts is to be believed, then friendship can carry you an awfully long way.
Heather Stanning and Helen Glover hit it off instantly both on and off the water after being thrown together by their rowing coach in Bath eight years ago and will head for Rio this summer with every major title already in their possession and with the intention of maintaining an unbeaten run that stretches all the way back to 2011.

Rio 2016: Swim star Siobhan-Marie O'Connor wants to make a splash at second Olympics

Create: 07/29/2016 - 18:01

The demands of the world’s leading broadcasters will see some Olympic swimming finals take place after midnight in Brazil this summer, but Bitton’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor is losing no sleep over the scheduling after qualifying to represent Team GB in her favourite event – the 200m individual medley

 
Congratulations on qualifying for your second Olympics at the age of just 20. Could you have imagined that feat was possible when you were training and taking part in galas at your local club in Keynsham a few short years ago?

Rio 2016: Modern pentathletes Samantha Murray and Kate French out to continue Team GB's podium run

Create: 07/29/2016 - 17:40
While podium places at an Olympic Games are far from guaranteed in any sport, it would be fair to say that the country's elite cyclists, rowers and sailors will feel the weight of expectation more than any other members of the Team GB squad when their board their flight to Rio in July.

Rio 2016: Jamie Cooke's guide to modern pentathlon's five disciplines

Create: 07/29/2016 - 17:28
Cheltenham's Jamie Cooke, 25, will make his Olympic debut in Rio on the back of his best-ever season. After the heartbreak of obtaining the selection criteria for London 2012 but missing on one of Team GB's two quota places, he has won two World Cup events in 2016 and heads to Rio ranked second in the world. As he aims to become Britain's first male medallist in a sport created by the founder of the Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, back in 1912 Cooke explains the four very different phases involved...
 

Claudia Fragapane is the Pocket Rocket looking to take Rio 2016 by storm

Create: 07/22/2016 - 14:27
Claudia Fragapane is living proof of the old saying that good things come in small packages.
Bristol's very own Pocket Rocket cartwheeled into the watching public's consciousness two summers ago when, at the age of just 16, she claimed a fantastic four gymnastics gold medals for England at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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